Filters with Tamiya transparent paints

This is just a quick review of the technique.

I read a while ago someone mentioning using Tamiya’s clear paints for modulating the base color of tanks, and the idea stuck in my head for a while.

Since I was painting the V-4 Straussler, I thought I’d give it a try. The technique is dead-easy: you stir the paint, load your airbrush and shoot away. (I’m sure you can use a brush as well to accentuate individual areas.)

The transparent green deepens the color and is best used on the lower part of the chassis. The transparent yellow gives it a bit of a depth – makes the green paint look warmer.

Tamiya Smoke may have a good use for simulating shadows. Will have to try.

All-in-all, it’s something to keep in mind.

2 thoughts on “Filters with Tamiya transparent paints”

    1. I guess so. I think using different dilutions would help (larger areas would get more diluted, then layer less diluted paint on smaller and smaller areas. Or just more layers of the same dilution?) Kind of like wargaming layering works, I think.


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